7.5/10
11,973
41 user 65 critic

The Unknown Woman (2006)

La sconosciuta (original title)
Haunted by a horrible past, a Ukrainian young woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family.

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story), Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

On Disc

at Amazon

20 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Tell No One (2006)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An accidental discovery near a doctor's estate stirs up some painful memories eight years after his wife's hideous murder, and now, things are bound to take a turn for the unexpected. Does the good doctor know more than he's letting on?

Director: Guillaume Canet
Stars: François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Shattered by the unexpected news of their irreversible break-up, an aspiring orchestra conductor is puzzled by his girlfriend's mysterious and seemingly inexplicable case of disappearance. But, can he look beyond the facts?

Director: Andrés Baiz
Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Martina García, María Soledad Rodríguez
Loft I (2008)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Five close friends, all of them married, share a loft to meet their mistresses. One day they find the body of a young woman in the loft. Since there are only five keys to the loft, the five men begin to suspect each other of murder.

Director: Erik Van Looy
Stars: Koen De Bouw, Filip Peeters, Matthias Schoenaerts
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A lonely art expert working for a mysterious and reclusive heiress finds not only her art worth examining.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really?

Director: Jaume Balagueró
Stars: Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Roman Polanski, Sergio Rubini
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A paraplegic computer engineer in a wheelchair starts hearing noises and voices of bank robbers in his basement.

Director: Rodrigo Grande
Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Pablo Echarri, Clara Lago
The Body (2012)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A detective searches for the body of a femme fatale which has gone missing from a morgue.

Director: Oriol Paulo
Stars: José Coronado, Hugo Silva, Belén Rueda
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A photographer and the types of people he encounters.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Tiziana Lodato, Franco Scaldati
Baarìa (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Francesco Scianna, Margareth Madè, Lina Sastri
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the MARSHLAND a serial killer is on the loose. Two homicide detectives who appear to be poles apart must settle their differences and bring the murderer to justice before more young women lose their lives.

Director: Alberto Rodríguez
Stars: Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo, María Varod
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister.

Director: Guillem Morales
Stars: Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar, Pablo Derqui
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kseniya Rappoport ... Irena (as Ksenia Rappoport)
Michele Placido ... Muffa
Claudia Gerini ... Valeria Adacher
Piera Degli Esposti ... Gina
Alessandro Haber Alessandro Haber ... Matteo
Clara Dossena Clara Dossena ... Tea Adacher
Ángela Molina ... Lucrezia (as Angela Molina)
Margherita Buy ... Irena's lawyer
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Donato Adacher
Nicola Di Pinto ... Magistrate
Paolo Elmo Paolo Elmo ... Nello
Simona Nobili Simona Nobili ... Policewoman
Elisa Morucci Elisa Morucci ... Waitress
Giulia Di Quilio ... Secretary
Pino Calabrese Pino Calabrese ... Magistrate
Edit

Storyline

A Ukrainian woman named Irena calculatedly insinuates herself into the lives of a young, affluent Italian family. Stopping at nothing to become the couple's trusted maid and the beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter, Irena risks everything in her quest to uncover the truth about the family. Like an intricately constructed jigsaw puzzle, The Unknown Woman reveals piece by piece the enigma of Irena's past. Written by Outsider Pictures

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violent content involving rape and torture, graphic nudity, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Ukrainian

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unknown Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Papigno, Terni, Umbria, Italy See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

€8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,569, 6 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,569, 6 April 2008
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Medusa Film,Manigolda Film,Sky See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film received a small release in Los Angeles in late 2007 in order to qualify for the 80th Annual Academy Awards (it was eligible in all categories, including Best Foreign Language Film). However it didn't get a wide US release until the following year. See more »

Connections

References Oliver Twist (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

On the March
Written and performed by Dick Walter
Courtesy of EMI Music Italy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Tornatore did it again
18 July 2007 | by D_vd_BSee all my reviews

After a long time, a new Tornatore film. After the second viewing I decided to write a comment about it.

When people talk about a film by Giuseppe Tornatore, they think of Sicily first with it's burning sun and it's orange villages. This is one of his darker films, if not his darkest (on par with Il Camorrista).

As sound as the first fade in of this film appeared, I was hooked. I will not spoil anything, but you'll see some pretty powerful stuff. The story is complicated and important, so giving examples might spoil something, so I focus on the experience of this film itself.

I have never seen most of the actors in this (except Placido), but they all did an amazing job. Kseniya Rappoport is so great in this film that it's just haunting. Her performance is a winner without doubt, but the supportive cast never seems shy to make their emotions as real as they can.

The shots that this film uses are great. All Tornatore films are beautiful, but this one is a real dark gem. As him and few other can do, he makes the world real.

The script is strong. I cannot just define it as a drama, because that is a vague term. It's also a disturbing film with a warm touch (a heartbreaking plot that twists in a good way).

Ennio Morricone wrote the score. I am a great fan of him and I must say that even now, being 77, he is still the top composer in the entire industry. With his score for La Sconosciuta he surprised me. Again. This man is so amazing that I curse the Academy awards every day for ignoring him for more than 40 years.

So is there nothing bad about La Sconosciuta? Yes there is; the DVD is only available in Italy. I bought one with English subtitles so I have little problem watching it, but this can be quite a damper on it's international fame. I hope this one gets a great international release, both in cinema and on DVD. Great pieces of art should not be kept indoors.

I give it 10 out of 10. The best of 2006 and perfect in every way.


53 of 70 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed